As an adult, it may be very easy for you to know if you’ve been injured in a car accident. Even if you’re not sure, working with medical professionals in the wake of the crash is simple because you can effectively communicate to them the way that you feel and any issues that you’re experiencing.
With children, things can grow far more difficult. A child may not know exactly how he or she has been injured or what hurts—the child just knows that there is pain, and it is up to the medical professionals to figure out why. In other cases, children may not even know that they’ve been injured, or—in the case of children who are too young to talk—they may not be able to tell anyone how they feel.
For example, concussions and traumatic brain injuries are often invisible to the naked eye if they are closed injuries. There are telltale signs, such as vomiting and dizziness, but these don’t show up in every case. Brain injuries impact everyone differently, and they can even exist when scans come back negative.
With some children, brain injuries aren’t fully noticeable for years. They can stunt the child’s development, but parents may not know it right away. If a child cannot walk, for example, issues with balance are impossible to note. If two years go by and the child still can’t walk, though, the parents will know something is wrong—and it could all be traced back to that car accident and a brain injury that was missed at the time.
If your child has been injured in any way, please visit our site to find out about your legal options in British Columbia.